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Mallory Kortuem, here with mom Heather, competed Friday at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference track and field championships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She finished the only way she knows how — setting a PR.

Coupeville High School grad Mallory Kortuem capped her first season of college track Friday in Monmouth, Oregon, competing at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

Running in the 400, the Western Washington University freshman hit the line in one minute, 3.07 seconds, beating her previous collegiate best of 1:03.31.

Competing at the NCAA D-II level, Kortuem ran in six meets between March and May, performing five times in the 400, three in the 200, and once in the 4 x 400 relay.

Her college PR’s for the latter two events are 28.28, set at the Ed Boitano Invitational, and 4:17.00, accomplished at the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational.

Kortuem was a standout soccer and track athlete during her days in Coupeville, and still holds school records in the 400, pole vault, 4 x 100, and 4 x 200.

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Mallory Kortuem continues to excel in the world of NCAA D-II track and field. (Photo courtesy Kortuem)

Mallory Kortuem had a busy afternoon.

The Coupeville High School grad competed in three events Saturday at the 39th annual Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field Invitational in Bellingham.

For Kortuem, it marked the first time she’s run in a relay while at Western Washington University, and the first time she’s appeared in more than two events during a college meet.

The speedy former Wolf, now a freshman at WWU, ran a leg on a 4 x 400 unit which snagged third place, hitting the tape in four minutes, 17 seconds.

She also stepped to the line in the 400, finishing 5th in 1:03.57, and the 200, where she claimed 13th in 28.34.

Kortuem came dangerously close to breaking her college PR’s in those last two events, with her best times this season being 1:03.31 and 28.28, respectively.

During her time in Coupeville, the standout soccer and track star brought home four state meet medals — despite the pandemic wiping out her senior season — and still holds four school records.

Scan the big board in the CHS gym entranceway and Kortuem can be found atop the standings in the 400 and pole vault, and as part of record-setting 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 teams.

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Ja’Tarya Hoskins (second from left) and Mallory Kortuem (second from right) are both running track at NCAA D-II schools. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Oval life will keep them together.

Coupeville grads Ja’Tarya Hoskins and Mallory Kortuem are attending different colleges, but NCAA D-II track and field meets keep bringing them to the same stadiums.

Saturday, the former Wolves, who share a CHS school record in the 4 x 100 relay, competed at the Peyton-Shotwell Invitational in Tacoma.

And they did so in the same race, both lining up for the 400.

Kortuem, a freshman at Western Washington University, placed 6th in one minute, 4.27 seconds, while Hoskins, a frosh at Saint Martin’s University, claimed 12th in 1:15.15.

The duo both compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and may come up against each other again before their debut season ends.

WWU is scheduled to host the Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field Meet next Saturday, May 1, and Saint Martin’s is among the schools planning to attend.

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Mallory Kortuem, being smooched by mom Heather, now tears up college track ovals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Faster each time out.

Coupeville grad Mallory Kortuem ran at her third college track and field meet Saturday, exiting with a college PR in the 400.

The Western Washington University freshman hit the tape in one minute, 3.31 seconds, shattering her previous best by 0.40 of a second.

Kortuem was competing at the John Knight Twilight in Monmouth, Oregon.

The meet, held at McArthur Stadium, was hosted by Western Oregon University.

With her speedy time, Kortuem claimed fifth in the 400, grabbing four points for her WWU team.

Next up for Western is a trip to Ellensburg April 16-17, for a meet hosted by Central Washington University.

During her time in Coupeville, Kortuem, younger sister of Keegan and Miranda, was a standout soccer and track star.

Mallory holds at least part of four school records (400, pole vault, 4 x 100, 4 x 200), and brought home four medals from the state track meet, including a 2nd place finish in the 400 as a junior.

She was denied a bid at a state title when the pandemic erased her senior season, but has picked right back up at being brilliant, just now as an NCAA D-II athlete.

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Former Wolves Ja’Tarya Hoskins (second from left) and Mallory Kortuem (second from right) are now college athletes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Reunited in different uniforms.

Coupeville High School grads Mallory Kortuem and Ja’Tarya Hoskins share a spot on their alma mater’s track and field record board, part of the fastest-ever Wolf 4 x 100 girls relay team.

Saturday, the duo found themselves sharing a different stage, as they competed as NCAA D-II college athletes.

Kortuem, repping Western Washington University, and Hoskins, running for Saint Martin’s University, both were at the Ed Boitano Invitational at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

The former Wolves even went so far as to compete in the same race.

Kortuem hit the tape in the 200 in 28.28 seconds, an eyelash ahead of Hoskins, who clocked a 28.42.

That was a college PR for both of them.

Pulling double duty on the day, Kortuem came back around to claim 4th in the 400, with her time of 1:03.71 a second college PR.

The WWU women claimed second place in the team standings, out of eight schools, while Saint Martin’s finished fourth.

Western is back at it April 3, when Kortuem and Co. host the WWU Invitational in Bellingham.

Hoskins and Saint Martin’s next compete April 9-10, when they travel back to Tacoma to square off with Pacific Lutheran University.

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